Rats and mice have been living with humans for centuries, and humans have been working for just as long to keep them out of their homes and off their properties. Rodents such as gophers, moles, voles, and squirrels are also viewed as pests in some settings, but in most cities, the most common pet enemies are rats and mice. Rats and mice may be glamorized in animated Disney films, but they truly are a danger that should not be underestimated. Not only can they be a nuisance, keeping you up at night with their clawing, but they can also cause property damage and transmit diseases that pose a threat to public health. You’ll know they’ve arrived if you see rodent droppings near a food source or shredded fabric or paper. If you identify rogue rodents, it is imperative that you contact one of the rodent control specialists here at Toronto Pest Exterminators.
Our pest control techs will utilize many different tactics in our quest to keep pests out of your home, office, or restaurant. The easiest way to permanently keep rats and mice out of your home or business is to prevent access by sealing all entry points, and our techs will assess those entry points as part of the initial consultation.
Holes near cabinets, closets or doors leading to outside or to crawl spaces should be sealed or caulked. Holes around sink or appliance pipes should be patched up and cracked foundations in the basement or unscreened ventilation holes in the attic should be immediately filled, especially in older structures. Holes around windows or missing screens in vents or crawl spaces under your property are also important to fill.
Additionally, removing food storage or open garbage containers outside will make your property even less attractive to rats and mice. Always do your utmost to keep your compost as far as possible from your building. Our pest control technicians will help you avert infestation by sealing entry points and holes and helping you keep attractive food options away from mice and rats.
But should rodents outmaneuver these preventative measures and find their way into your home, our specialists will treat the problem on-site, removing these nibbling nuisances. Traps are the most preferred method, but sometimes the use of rodenticides become necessary if all other attempts fail.
The technicians at Toronto Pest Exterminators Use the lowest toxicity products to avoid poisoning children and pets. Poisons have been implemented as rodent-control measures for many years, and while before the 1940s, these toxins contained heavy metals such as arsenic and thallium or poisons such as strychnine and red squill, most rodenticides designed for home use are far less potent, ensuring the safety of your family and pets.
In the 1940s and 1950s, anticoagulant rodenticides known as first-generation rodenticdes were developed. First-generation anticoagulant rodenticides require rodents to consume the bait for several consecutive feedings for delivery of a lethal dose, while second-generation anticoagulant rodenticides are significantly more potent than their first-generation counterparts, and a lethal dose can be ingested in a single feeding. Included in this class of rodenticides are the compounds difenacoum, brodifacoum, bromadiolone and difethialone.
Non-anticoagulant rodenticides, including bromethalin, cholecalciferol, and zinc phosphide are EPA-registered and frequently used in controlling pest rodent populations, especially in densely packed urban areas like the GTA. The potency of these rodenticides will vary depending on the situation, which makes them a highly controllable substance in the hands of one of Toronto Pest Exterminators’ well trained specialists. These types of rodenticides are highly valued in urban areas, as they are far less toxic to nearby birds, and are less likely to harm your family or pets.
Our pest control experts are standing by to take your calls, and as you can see from the above, their knowledge of pests and pest control options here the GTA can help you solve your pest problems right away.